Former Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade confirmed as Cardiff City manager
18:53 06 October 2014
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Russell Slade has finally been appointed as Cardiff City manager today.
The 53-year-old resigned from the job at Leyton Orient following the Capital One Cup exit to Sheffield United, after the Bluebirds had four approaches rejected by the O’s.
Slade has since been unable to take over from former Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Sojskjaer until now after both clubs had been involved in a legal wrangle over compensation payments, and in the mean time he had been working as a consultant for the Championship outfit, with Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young placed in temporary charge.
However, a deal has now been agreed between the two parties which has enabled Slade to take the job and he will be unveiled to the media tomorrow.
But his opening game will not be until October 18, when the Bluebirds host Nottingham Forest.
On his appointment at Cardiff, Slade said: “I’m grateful to Vincent for giving me this opportunity as Cardiff City is a fantastic Football Club. We have a large squad and it’s more than putting out the best eleven players on paper.
“We need the best group of players out there with the right balance and chemistry. It’s now about building a relationship with the players and installing a strong ethos and work ethic. That’s what I want us to take onto the pitch every week.”
His backroom staff have yet to be announced, and it remains to be seen whether caretaker boss at O’s Kevin Nugent, a former Cardiff City player, joins Slade in Wales.